Union County College Offers Classes On The American Presidency

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MacKay Library at Union County College (Photo credit: Tomwsulcer via Wikimedia Commons)

MacKay Library at Union County College (Photo credit: Tomwsulcer via Wikimedia Commons)

CRANFORD – This fall Union County College’s Division of Continuing Education will offer an all new presidential series of classes just in time for the November election. These classes are open to the community and are not for credit. Learn many little-known facts about the American presidency and individual presidents not found in textbooks as well as gain a clear understanding of how the electoral process works. After taking these classes students will be able to watch the latest election coverage with a whole new perspective.

The first class, “The American Presidency,” will teach about the evolution of the American Presidency from the few Constitutional powers given to the office to the precedents that have made the position the most powerful in the free world. The course will also demonstrate how the individual presidents, from Washington to Obama, have shaped the position. This eight-hour class will meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon from Sept. 22 –Oct. 13 and costs $99.

The second class, “What Do You Really Know about the American Presidents,” will outline the administrations of the 44 Presidents of the United States and will also teach some little known information on the men and their private lives. For example, did you know that George Washington spent 7 percent of his salary on alcohol or that John Tyler had 15 children, the most of any president? The most important actions of each president will be highlighted. This 12-hour class will meet on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon from Oct. 20 – Nov. 10 and costs $150.

The last class, “Demystifying the Electoral College Process,” will provide a better understanding of the entire electoral process and because it takes place right after the election, students will be able to evaluate the 2012 Electoral College process results. The professor will trace how the Electoral College process has caused the candidate who did not receive the majority of popular votes to become President at four different times in our history. This four hour class meets twice, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon on Dec. 1 and 8 and costs $50.

All three classes will be held at the college’s Cranford campus and will be taught by Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History, William Lipkin, who has been teaching for over forty years. During this time he has taught every aspect of American History and American Government, in addition to Western Cultures, International and Comparative Politics, and Contemporary Issues. He has also been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

To register for these classes call 1-908-709-7600. You can also visit www.ucc.edu/noncredit for the fall brochure and for details about how to enroll. The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.


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